A student’s behavior, especially if it changes over time, may be an indicator of distress or a “cry for help.” You may be the first person to recognize signs of distress in a student. If you recognize distress, learn how to properly recognize, respond and refer the person to the appropriate resources for help. Click here to review the Crisis Response Red Folder.
If you believe a student may be dealing with homelessness (or are at risk of being homeless), housing instability, food insecurity, an emergency situation, or may be at risk in some way, you can file a students of concern report here: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?LaSalleUniv&layout_id=10
Examples of risk factors may be poor academic performance and or attendance, family death or serious illness, change of mood, eating habits, personal hygiene, or sleep patterns, relationship issues, talking about or exhibiting excessive alcohol or drug use, mental health concerns, change in social behavior, etc.
If you are unsure about filing a report or need guidance on how to approach a student, call 215.951.1048 and ask for Br. Bob Kinzler or Serita Reels.
It can be challenging to do your best in class if you have trouble paying for groceries, lack a safe and stable place to live, need transportation, or are experiencing an emergency where you need help. If you are in one of these situations, learn how the Explorers CARE Program can help. You can schedule an appointment by emailing email@example.com or calling 215.951.1048. If you would like to know about state and local benefits you may be eligible for, such as SNAP (up to $250 a month for groceries) utilities and cash assistance, and free internet and tax preparation, use the La Salle Single Stop’s Online Self-Screening tool. A staff member will help you connect with those benefits.
Explorers CARE offers a variety of trainings to support faculty and staff in responding to students experiencing psychological distress and dealing with the aftermath of a student’s death or crisis. The trainings include:
Kognito At Risk for Faculty and Staff (45 minutes) – This interactive role-play simulation builds awareness, knowledge and skills about mental health and suicide prevention, preparing faculty and staff to help support students exhibiting signs of psychological distress, talk about concerns and, if necessary, connect with support services. Learning objectives include:
Crisis Response “Red Folder” Training (30-60 minutes) – In this training, Individuals learn how and when to consult the Students of Concern Team; strategies for interacting with distress and disruptive students; and how to file an incident report.
QPR Suicide Prevention Training (45 – 60 minutes) – QPR is a behavioral intervention that focuses on getting a distressed student/individual referred for professional help. QPR is intended to teach individuals who have a lot of contact with students (e.g., faculty, staff, friends) how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and provide guidelines as to how to Question a person about suicidal thoughts, how to Persuade them to get help, and how to refer the person for help.
Postvention Protocol Training (30-45 minutes) – The training is designed to provide individuals with an overview of the postvention protocol for the University; the best practices for communicating about a student’s death; and review of wellbeing and safety guidelines.
Kognito At-Risk Mental Health for Students Follow-up Training (30-45 minutes) – This is an opportunity to have a CARE team member come to your class and reiterate points from the student simulation.
To participate in a training, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215.951.1048.